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Walking in the Dolomites

Walking in the Dolomites

by Gillian Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A comprehensive walker's guide to the Dolomites geared to a wide variety of difficulty levels. Illustrated with photographs and maps. (ITL289, $19.95)

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

by Mark Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Thompson's history captures the drama, nationalist frenzy and pathos of WWI. The historian also traces the nearly forgotten, brutal three-year struggle to capture the Isonzo River sector in the rugged Alps and Dolomites from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in this epic history. (ITA161, $21.99)

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

by Brenda Fowler

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps. (ALP20, $26.00)

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000. (ITL42, $13.95)

 
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A handy, palm-size guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ITL531, $9.99)

Treks in the Dolomites

Treks in the Dolomites


by Gillian Price | Martin Collins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A detailed practical guide to the two best-known long-distance walks through the Dolomites: the Alta Via 1 -- Lago di Braies to Belluno (9-13 days) and Alta Via 2 -- Bressanone to Feltre (10-16 days). (ITL692, $22.95)

Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites, Vol. 1

Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites, Vol. 1


by John Smith

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER

A practical guide to the north, central and eastern Dolomites, including Catinaccio, Marmolada and Sella, (ITA162, $24.95)

Wildflower Wonders

Wildflower Wonders


by Bob Gibbons

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

A naturalist and tour leader, Gibbons covers when and where to witness impressive displays of wildflowers in this beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of 50 sites. His vote for the most flowery place in the world: the kaleidoscopic grasslands of Mount Rainier. (NAT244, $27.95)

A Traveller's History of Italy

A Traveller's History of Italy


by Valerio Lintner

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries. (ITL86, $14.95)

Italy, A Short History

Italy, A Short History


by Harry Hearder

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present. (ITL56, $29.99)

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

The Alps, A Cultural History

The Alps, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark. (ALP30, $36.95)

The Italians

The Italians


by John Hooper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait. (ITA528, $28.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps


by Fergus Fleming

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago. (ALP16, $14.00)

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69


by Edward Whymper

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Edward Wymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps. (ALP02, $16.00)

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

D.H. Lawrence and Italy


by D.H. Lawrence

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia. (ITL62, $20.00)

A Noble Radiance

A Noble Radiance


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Number seven in the Guido Brunetti mysteries, all memorably set in contemporary Venice. For some readers, this installment is the best yet. A body is found on the estate of a local landowner at the foot of the Dolomites. (ITL557, $15.00)

A Soldier of the Great War

A Soldier of the Great War


by Mark Helprin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 860 PAGES

Septuagenarian war hero and professor Alessandro Giuliani looks back at his youth in the Great War in Helprin's absorbing novel, set partly on the Italian front in the Dolomites. (ALP42, $16.95)

Homestead

Homestead


by Rosini Lippi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village. (ALP11, $13.95)

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Lawrence Venuti

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers who capture the spirit, history and allure of the country. (ITL466, $14.95)

Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In this ninth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series, our worldly detective investigates a mysterious corpse in a long-abandoned military tunnel in the Dolomites. (ITL576, $15.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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